Carl Bessai

Whistler Film Festival

Whistler unveils 11 world bows in Canadian film slate

The 2014 lineup includes debuts for the latest movies by Carl Bessai, Jeffrey Nesker and Joel Ashton McCarthy.

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Canadian filmmakers recall Cory Monteith as a down-to-earth, generous actor

Vancouver director Carl Bessai and Halifax writer-director Gia Milani talk to Playback about working with the Glee actor (pictured).


Sisters & Brothers dominates UBCP/ACTRA awards in Vancouver

Camille Sullivan won for best actress and Kacey Rohl took top honours for best newcomer for their star turns in the Carl Bessai feature (pictured), which earlier this year won big at the Leo Awards.


Sisters & Brothers wins big at B.C.’s Leo Awards

The Carl Bessai film took home six awards, including best feature drama, while Blackstone nabbed four TV trophies, including for best dramatic series (Story updated with clarification).


Sanctuary leads nomination field for Leo Awards

Other multiple nominees at B.C. upcoming film and TV awards include Carl Bessai’s Brothers & Sisters, a feature that garnered a dozen nods.

Telefilm Talent to Watch

TIFF 2011: Canuck directors talk bold Quebec films and DIY spirit

Bessai, Veninger, Falardeau and Grbovic are joined by Deepa Mehta in a TIFF industry panel exploring Canada’s rich filmmaking culture.

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Hollywood expat Zanne Devine launches Canadian distrib outfit

Hollywood producer Zanne Devine has launched a new Canadian multi-platform distribution company, Pacific Northwest Pictures, to be based in Vancouver and run by Emily Alden.


Crazy8s breeds tomorrow’s filmmakers

What began as a small experiment 12 years ago with three filmmakers has evolved into one of the most anticipated film events in BC.


Incendies, Barney’s lead Vancouver Critics Awards

Quebec’s Incendies dominated the Canadian categories at the Vancouver Film Critics Awards Monday night, taking home three trophies, including best Canadian film.


Repeaters picked up by Alliance

Alliance Films has picked up Canadian rights to Carl Bessai’s Repeaters from Rampart Films. The deal was negotiated by Andrew Herwitz, president of the Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers, with Mark Slone working the deal for Alliance Films. Alliance plans a 2011 roll-out.